The disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is an inflection point in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Mounting evidence that the Saudi government, and specifically its young crown prince, Muhammed bin Salman, are responsible for his murder has sparked...
The Trump Administration has made Saudi Arabia the lynchpin of its Middle East strategy. Now, the alleged murder of Jamal Kashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for the Washington Post, threatens to upend the relationship between the United States...
With the Belt and Road Initiative, China is banking on infrastructure for its future security. The U.S. would be wise to do the same.
A politician knows he is in trouble when he turns around that there is no one behind him. President Trump, after his post-meeting press conference with Vladimir Putin, has no one watching his back. The President expected to be...
When President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sit down for their first formal face-to-face meeting in Helsinki Monday, there will be little concrete on the agenda going in. While the two leaders have previously met on the...
President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yielded a reaffirmation of the pledge Mr. Kim made in April to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to work towards the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." It...
It was the photo-op seen around the world. An American President and a North Korean dictator, hands clasped before the flags of the two countries. It is an image that will be long remembered, either as a symbol of...
As President Trump welcomed home three Americans released from captivity in North Korea, he beamed with optimism about a diplomatic breakthrough with the world’s last Stalinist dictatorship. "We’re starting off on a new footing. This is a wonderful thing...
While President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the Iran Deal have merit, withdrawing from it now could very well make things worse. Trump hopes that pulling out of the deal will compel Iran to come back to the bargaining table....
In the lead up to this weekend’s coordinated attack in Syria by U.S., French and British cruise missiles, the Russian propaganda machine went into overdrive. The Pentagon reported a 2,000% increase in Russian social media troll activity in the...
An apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria over the weekend left at least 42 people dead, many of them children, in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma. NGOs and Western governments strongly suspect Syrian government forces are responsible along...
President Donald Trump's decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats the U.S. believes to be working as intelligence officers and shut down the Russian consulate in Seattle, marks the strongest action the Trump Administration has taken against Moscow yet. The move...
Follow @tgriffinnc Rex Tillerson, a former CEO of ExxonMobile, cuts the figure of a globetrotting titan of industry. And it was this, not ideological alignment on foreign policy, that recommended Tillerson to President Donald Trump. “I have chosen one of...
The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib reports that the Trump administration is considering a limited missile strike against North Korea. The “bloody nose” strategy would be to: “React to some nuclear or missile test with a targeted strike against...
The Obama Administration diaspora had something of a reunion this week. The occasion, a coordinated effort at damage control, an attempt to tourniquet a wound to President Barack Obama’s legacy inflicted by an exhaustively reported 14,000-word rock-solid piece of...
Jerusalem is sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews. Who controls it is one of the most contentious issues in the Middle East peace process. It is Israel’s seat of government, but both the Israelis and Palestinians claim it as...
North Korea tested a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile last week — and it’s big. The Hwasong-15 is larger and more powerful than the Hwasong-14 that scared the beejezus out of everyone when they tested it over the July...
As U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Asia, we look at the North Korean nuclear threat in our first Roughly Explained video. Over the past few months, North Korea has steadily upped the ante with a series of provocative missile...
This story was updated on Dec. 21, 2017 to reflect the Justice Department's renewed interest in the Uranium One deal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving a probe into Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2010 approval of a deal that...
Early Sunday morning, North Korean state TV announced that it had tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), declaring that it was a "perfect success." The test came hours after North Korean media...
Updated 8/14/17 to include responses from Forensicator and additional information. The question of Russia's culpability in the 2016 hacking of the DNC is a settled matter in the view of the U.S. intelligence community and most cybersecurity experts. But, for...
The war of words between North Korea and the U.S. escalated again Wednesday as North Korea announced it was preparing a plan to launch missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory 2,100 miles south of Pyongyang. This latest provocation came...
No. None. Zilch. As Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College and an expert in nuclear strategy put it, the idea of legal grounds to disobey a launch order is "untouched by knowledge of that process works.” It...
The Washington Post reported Monday that in a meeting last week with Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov, President Donald Trump described details of intelligence the U.S. had obtained from a foreign partner about the potential use of laptop bombs by...
President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a missile attack on a Syrian airbase the U.S. believes was the launching point for Tuesday's chemical attack. Tomahawk cruise missiles, 59 of them, launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross pounded...

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